In the annals of audacious counterprogramming, it’s hard to beat a Yasujiro Ozu series going up against Hollywood’s summer onslaught of infantile antics and empty explosions. A director of exquisitely elemental films — dismissed as “too Japanese” by some critics, just as Akira Kurosawa’s movies were deemed too Western — Ozu eschewed melodramatic and stylistic flourishes in a career that spanned the silent era... More >>>